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Restraining order lets Selma whistleblower return to work

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A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday in response to a Selma whistleblower complaint against a Selma, Ala., Hyundai supplier accused of retaliating against whistleblowers who have been voicing concerns over safety violations and exposure to hazardous chemicals on the job. An order filed by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  in An Alabama federal court expressly prohibits the Lear Corporation and subsidiary Resonol Seating from firing, suspending, suing, harassing, threatening, or otherwise retaliating against any of its current or former employees. The Resonol plant employs more than 80 people in an assembly ... Read More

Blue Bell recall expanded to all products

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After initiating two large recalls and suspending operations at an Oklahoma plant, Blue Bell will now be recalling all of its products in order to implement a “test and hold” procedure. The process will allow Blue Bell time to test all of its many ice cream products and determine which are safe and which are not. According to Blue Bell’s press release, all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks are included in this recall due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which causes the infection Listeriosis. The ingestion and infection of Listeria monocytogenes in a ... Read More

Former UAB basketball player among 7 killed in Illinois plane crash

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Federal authorities investigating the deadly plane crash involving a private airplane near Bloomington, Ill., April 7 have not yet determined the cause, but say the plane dropped off the radar in while preparing to land in dense fog. The crash killed all seven men aboard, including former University of Alabama basketball player Torrey Ward, who was serving as Illinois State University associate head basketball coach. The twin-engine Cessna 414 was heading back to Illinois from Indianapolis, where the seven friends had gone to see the final NCAA basketball game Monday night. Along with Mr. Ward, 36, the other men who died ... Read More

AT&T data breach complaint settled for $25 million

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A data breach affecting nearly 280,000 AT&T subscribers settled for $25 million after call center contractors in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines stole and exposed Social Security numbers and other customer personal information. From November 2013 until April 2014, AT&T call center contractors were responsible for the theft of 68,000 customer personal information records. However, according the complaint released by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investors, the call centers responsible for the AT&T data breach were for helping Spanish-speaking subscribers, not English-speaking. The leaked AT&T subscriber data was used by criminals to submit roughly 300,000 requests to unlock cellphones. Following the ... Read More

Van crash kills four heavy metal band members, injures eight others

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A van carrying members of two heavy metal bands, one of which is based in Huntsville, Ala., crashed on I-85 in Georgia Monday morning, killing four band members and injuring eight others. Investigators don’t yet know for certain why the van hauling 15 members of Wormreich, a heavy metal band from Huntsville, and Khaotika, an Atlanta band, veered off the interstate around 7 a.m. in the town of Commerce, about 70 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, but they suspect that Khaotika member Sergio Quesada, 27, may have fallen asleep at the wheel. The bands were on their way from Spartanburg, ... Read More

Mal Moore’s estate files wrongful death lawsuit against drug company

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Heather Moore Cook, executor of University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore’s estate, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the makers of a heart medication. The lawsuit claims the drug caused Mr. Moore to suffer “severe and debilitating injury to his pulmonary system, resulting in his slow and painful death.” The drug, amiodarone, also known by the brand name Cordarone, is used to treat life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities, such as ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. The drug is indicated for patients who have used other antiarrhythmic drugs, and is considered a “last resort” for patients with these life-threatening heart conditions. Cordarone has ... Read More

Alabama will have jury trial in BP oil spill case

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A federal judge dealt BP another blow Monday by rejecting the oil giant’s bid to have the State of Alabama’s request for a jury trial thrown out. Alabama is seeking compensation for damages caused by BP’s April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which heavily damaged the state’s coastal environment and led to hefty economic losses. Judge Carl Barbier, who has been overseeing the complex BP oil spill litigation in New Orleans, granted Alabama a jury trial that is expected to start in 12 or 13 months’ time. Alabama was the first state to sue BP for damages resulting from the ... Read More

President Obama calls for consumer protections against predatory lenders

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On Thursday, President Barack Obama visited Birmingham, Ala., to talk about the need to reform the payday and title loan industry. His choice of Alabama was no mistake. In this state, any reforms against predatory lenders have been effectively barred by loads of money the industry showers upon Alabama legislators. Speaking at Lawson State Community College, President Obama told the audience that Alabama has four times more payday loan businesses than McDonald’s. And, according to AL.com, “like the McDonald’s dollar menu, those lenders have some nasty deals for the poor and famished.” In this state, predatory lenders are allowed to charge ... Read More

Greyhound faces lawsuit for 2013 rollover crash near Cincinnati

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A Wyoming couple is suing Greyhound bus company and driver Dwayne Garrett in a Michigan federal court for injuries sustained in Sept. 2013 rollover crash outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. David Otte, one of six bus passengers airlifted to a hospital after the crash, and his wife Sandra Otte say that Mr. Garrett had fallen asleep at the wheel or “otherwise lost consciousness” when the bus veered off Interstate 75, struck a tree and a fence, and toppled over. The crash injured 34 of the 50 passengers aboard the bus. The Ottes’ complaint claims that Mr. Otte suffered a traumatic brain ... Read More

Honda urges consumers to fix Takata airbags immediately

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Honda plans to launch a multi-million dollar ad campaign to urge owners of Honda and Acura automobiles with possibly defective Takata airbags to have them fixed as soon as possible. Honda and nine other automakers have recalled millions of affected vehicles. The airbags, manufactured by Takata, a Japanese manufacturer, are at risk of tearing loose from their mountings and blasting shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Five deaths have been tied to the faulty airbags, specifically within Honda vehicles. Honda’s ad campaign will urge “Honda and Acura owners to immediately check for open recalls and safety improvement campaigns, and to take ... Read More